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OneEyedMonster remindes us about the crap you can buy in pound shops: "Batteries that lasted about an hour and then died. A screwdriver with a loose handle so I couldn't turn the damn screw, and a tape measure which wasn't at all accurate."

Similarly, my neighbour bought a lawnmower from Argos that was so cheap the wheels didn't go round, it sort of skidded over the grass whilst gently back-combing it.

What's the cheapest, most useless crap you've bought?

(, Fri 4 Jan 2008, 7:26)
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Cheap biographical tat.
Celebrity biographies. Apparently they make money but how I don't know, some of them are only pamphlet sized. This is only vaguely related to the question, but my Grandpa died recently. He was the kind of man that had lives others only read about in Boys' Own adventures.

I kept meaning to get him to write some of his stories down for me, but unfortunately he died before I could. He's actually featured in a few QOTW replies but I've barely scratched the surface, I'm sure.

The somewhat rambling point of this is to say don't buy those celebrity rags. They're cheap, nasty, not terribly interesting and a waste of cash.

After all, what would you rather read about, yet another soap star's badly worded "struggle" to reach the top of their game in Hollyoaks, or about a man who rallied quarter-ton trucks and was on tea-and-biscuit terms with Nazi propagandist Rudolf Hess?

I must get my pen out one of these days...
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 13:40, 7 replies)
Tea and biscuit man please.
Difference is, though you may have been meaning to write it down, you haven't. And they have.

Help purge the bookshelves! Write about tea and biscuit man!
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 13:52, closed)
Russel Brand's autobiography is very good
I used to think he was a complete cunt. I still can't stand to watch him on TV, but I quite like him now.
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 13:53, closed)
Rather depends on where your pen is.

(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 14:10, closed)
too true..

Wayne Rooneys autobiography is a classic. Hes only 21. What happens in a few years time when he releases another autobiography - wont that make the older one redundant? Similar to pop bands releasing 'best of' or 'greatest hits' when theyve been around for about 3 months.
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 14:25, closed)
The other day
I took care of someone who had survived the Russian Revolution, Trotsky, Stalin, Hitler, the siege of Leningrad, Stalin again, Krushchev, been a refusenik, emigrated, survived Reagan and both Bushes. I felt like I was touching living history. I had the strangest urge to fall to my knees, bowing and say, "I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy!"

Really--this guy was incredible and he'll die with not a single story written down. SO WRITE ABOUT YOUR GRANDAD!
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 15:01, closed)
...stay the fuck away from Tdubs patient, cos he's obviously a dictator magnet.
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 21:29, closed)
My Grandad
seemed to have spent most of his WWII life shooting down american aircraft in Italy

He was English
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 13:55, closed)

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